Saturday, February 16, 2013

Sherman Zwicker ~ Original Oil Painting

 Ghost from the Past

The Sherman Zwicker
Original Oil Painting on Archival Board
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From out of the Fog
As it the two boats pass
In Boothbay Harbor.  My reference photo

The Sherman Zwicker became a fascination for me the day she
appeared out of the fog quite close to the Balmy Days.
We were on the Balmy Days on our way to
Monhegan Island off the coast of Maine.
It was June of 2009 and I was heading to the
island for a week
 of rest, meditation and getting away from
the "normal" world.
As you can see, it was a gray foggy day,
kind of like pea soup.
When all of the sudden there was this
Ghost from the Past Schooner by the side of our boat.
It was quite an eerie feeling but
fun and exciting at the same time.
Somehow I managed to get 2 pictures of her before she passed.

After my fabulous week on Monhegan,
thankfully the weather improved and no I was not a painter at the time;
I was heading back to Boothbay harbor and as we got
 into the harbor all of the sudden there was
the Sherman Zwicker.
So I got my camera out and took a couple of pictures of her.
I have always longed to paint this painting.
but as most of you know, I am not usually
a traditional painter and I
did not have success painting boats when I took a
workshop this past September.
However, the Sherman Zwicker kept calling to me
and I just had to paint her.
For my first "real" boat I am pretty pleased with her.

What do you think?

By the way, the Sherman Zwicker was built in 1942,
she is considered a tall ship and is the last of her kind.

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Saturday, February 9, 2013

Glass Study #8 ~ Aqua

Study #8, 9, 10 & 11......

Glass Study #8 ~ Aqua
8"x16" Original Oil on Archival Board
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As some of you know, I've been painting a few glass studies.
This particular one gave me a wee bit of
Technically it IS glass study #8 but it took me 4
attempts to complete.
Hence the 9, 10 & 11

I literally wiped the paint off of this panel 3 different times.
Honestly, I gave serious consideration to chucking the
canvas in the trash.
Sometimes you just come across what feels like a "Cursed" canvas.
I was beginning to think this was one of them?
But I decided that there was no way I was going to let this
glass jar/vase beat me on the canvas!
So determination took over and I gave it one last go.
I am glad I did, as I am pleased with the outcome.

What do you think?
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Monday, February 4, 2013

Collage from 30 Days of Painting

Original Oils Paintings from 30 days of painting
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The paintings that were created during the January
challenge of 30 Days of Painting.  
Not only do I LOVE painting daily, which is something I already knew but,
it is also essential to my mental health 
and emotional well being.  
Over time I began to become aware that with each passing day that I don't paint my grumpy and moodiness increase.
When I find myself in a testy mood or feeling antsy and restless
I know it's time to get my butt into the studio and paint!  
So the smart thing for me to do IS paint daily.  
My husband appreciates it when I paint daily as well. LOL

Someone asked me the other day if all my paintings are successful?
The answer to that is absolutely NOT.  
I actually worked on 3 other paintings in January that are not pictured.
One is "finished" but I am not happy with it so will be delegated to the
"well that didn't work pile."
One is in the unfinished object pile and may or may not get worked on again. 
And the third one I just finished a few days ago, so I
consider it to be a February painting. 
The point being is that not every painting has to be a perfect one.  
Just being in the studio painting and doing what one
Loves to do is all that matters.  

Let me know what you think?
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always I Love having my Art Shared with other. 

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